[NA-Discuss] ICANN Seeks Volunteers

ICANN At-Large Staff staff at atlarge.icann.org
Thu Feb 9 01:14:53 UTC 2012

February 7, 2012

Volunteers Sought to Help Evaluate Generic Top-Level Domain Applicants
Seeking Financial Support
New Panel Will Help Expand Internet¹s Reach

Marina del Rey, CaliforniaŠ The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) is seeking volunteers who will assist in the evaluation of
those organizations seeking financial support to apply for a new generic
Top-Level Domain (gTLD).

³These volunteers will be key to ICANN¹s effort to assure that the
less-developed parts of the world are able to participate in the new Domain
name program,² said Kurt Pritz, Senior Vice President. ³The panel members
will make a real impact in ensuring that the opportunities for innovation
and economic development created by the Internet are open to everyone.²

The volunteers will be chosen for their background and experience in areas
such as running a small business, operating in developing economies,
analyzing business plans, serving in the public interest, managing a domain
name registry service, or awarding grants.

The financial assistance component of the Applicant Support Program offers
limited number of qualifying applicants the opportunity to pay a reduced
evaluation fee of $47,000 instead of the full evaluation fee of $185,000.

The selected volunteers will assist in the evaluation of financial support
applicants in the context of established public interest, financial
capabilities and financial need criteria as outlined in the ³Financial
Assistance Handbook
nce-handbook-11jan12-en.pdf> .²

Those who are interested in applying, should review the criteria, time
commitment and other expectations, which are detailed here:

* To learn more about the Applicant Support Program, go here:
* To read the New gTLD Financial Assistance Handbook, go here:
* To learn more about the New gTLD program, go here:


Heidi Ullrich, Silvia Vivanco, Matt Ashtiani, Gisella Gruber and Nathalie
ICANN At-Large Staff
E-mail: staff at atlarge.icann.org

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